Christian Rodriguez will challenge Raul Rosas Jr. in his second UFC match.
El Nino Problema hopes to increase his winning streak to 8-0 on April 8. Rodriguez, who has an 8-1 record, is going up against the 18-year-old sensation. Rosas Jr.’s marketing potential has led some fans to believe that the UFC might “slow roll” him, but “CeeRod” shouldn’t be disregarded. With a 7-0 record, Rodriguez established himself as a promising prospect and earned his UFC debut in February 2022. Unfortunately for him, he was defeated by Jonathan Pearce in his debut match at featherweight. For his second UFC match, “CeeRod” competed in the bantamweight category and defeated Joshua Weems by first-round submission.
Rosas Jr., meanwhile, signed a contract with the UFC in 2022 after winning Dana White’s Contender Series. El Nino Problema swiftly lived up to the anticipation by submitting Jay Perrin in the opening round. At UFC 87, the 18-year-old hopes to advance farther towards superstardom versus Rodriguez.
See Christian Rodriguez’s response to his bout announcement below the jump:
Duke Roufus labels Christian Rodriguez as an MMA prodigy
Anthony and Sergio Pettis train Christian Rodriguez with them at Roufusport MMA. Duke Roufus, the head coach of Rofusport, sees Rodriguez as a serious potential contender even though to some fans he may simply be another fighter.
When Rodriguez and Raul Rosas Jr.’s battle was revealed, Roufus posted the following on Instagram:
“My man Christian “CeeRod” Rodriguez @ceerod97 is prepared for his main-card debut on the @ufc #ufc187 PPV event against a quality opponent field. I feel privileged and eager to support him on his path to success. Since he was 14 years old, Christian has been training at Roufusport. He enters this fight with 11 years of experience. As a young MMA prodigy, he is following in the footsteps of @sergiopettis & @rosenamajunas. There will be a lot more soon.